What: Aloe vera, a succulent related to the Lily, long used for its ability to heal wounds, burns, and dry skin, as well as treat bug bites, sunburn, and bee stings. The gel from the Aloe plant provides a protective layer said to inhibit infection, soothe, and heal. When cut or broken the plant heals itself rapidly, the would barely detectable after only a few minutes. Aloe contains over 200 acitve compounds, including vitamins A, B, C, and E, amino acids, enzymes, minerals, and polysaccharides said to stimulate cell renewal and boost circulation. Aloe is both hydrating and gentle, making it a suitable for choice for sensitive skin.
Origin: Aloe vera grows in arid climates and is widely distributed in Africa, India and other arid areas. To process Aloe, the juice is allowed to drain from the cut leaves and then concentrated by evaporation (DMARP). Aloe is sold for use in this dried juice form or as a gel. Aloe gel is made from the leaf pulp of the plant. (Wiki).
Products Found In: Aloe vera is commonly found in facial moisturizers, serums, treatments, healing ointments, body lotions and creams, sunscreens, and after-sun products. Aloe can also be used on its own.
Alternative Names: Aloe, Aloe Barbadensis, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aloe Barbandesis Gel, Aloe Juice, Aloe Vera Gel, Chirukattali Extract
Variations: Aloe vera is one of about 250 species of Aloes. (UCC Biology Department).
Toxicity: Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) is generally classified as non-toxic or harmful. (EWG).